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stir

verb

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(Entry 1 of 3)

1 to cause (as a liquid) to move about in a circle especially repeatedly
  • the recipe says to stir the mixture carefully until it's properly blended

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2 to change one's position
  • the cat stirred, then opened its eyes and slowly got to its feet

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3 to rouse to strong feeling or action
  • news coverage of the fire stirred many to send donations to a fund for the families who had lost their homes

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Synonyms & Antonyms of stir (Entry 2 of 3)

1 a state of noisy, confused activity
  • the plane's first jolt caused a stir among the passengers, and by the third one they were in a panic

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2 the act or an instance of changing position
  • we were warned that the slightest stir would scare the mother bird so we hardly dared to breathe

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Synonyms & Antonyms of stir (Entry 3 of 3)

a place of confinement for persons held in lawful custody
  • the mule had just got out of stir and was being followed by the feds, who had their sights set on the kingpin of the operation

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The first known use of stir was before the 12th century

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“Stir.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/stir. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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